Infection on the rise

Infection on the rise

THE NUMBER of people in Bombay who are infected with the AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) are increasing at an alarming rate, says a recent study (The National Medical Journal Of India, Vol 6, No 1).

H A Kamat and D D Banker ofBombay's Sir Hurkisondas Nurrotumdas Hospital, who conducted the study, surveyed blood samples from 599 victims of sexually transmitted diseases between 1987 and 1989. They found the number of HIV-1 carriers had grown fourfold from 1.3 per cent in 1987 to 5.3 per cent in 1988 and by the end of 1989, about 7 per cent of the patients in the sample group was infected with HIV-1.

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